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reply. that's it for us. the news continues next live from doha. have a great morning. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello welcome to the news hour, i'm jane dutton live from our headquarters in doha. what we have now is a system that doesn't work. >> harsh criticism about the plight of the thousands of people fleeing to europe. russia says it will continue to send weapons to the syrian army as a way to help the fight against isil. a generational divide in singapore sets the tone for one
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of the tightest elections in decades. plus -- there are no homeless, there are no poor people. everyone is equal. >> love from [ inaudible ] to the life of one of the south pacific's tribes is in the spotlight at the venice film vest fall. ♪ hungary's prime minister says refugees who cross its borders illegally will be arrested starting next week. he says people have rebelled against hungarian law and filed to cooperate with authorities. the u.n. children's agency is warning millions more refugees could head to europe if the war in syria doesn't end. let's talk to mohammed jamjoom now. what have you been hearing from refugees who have been taken to a detention facility on the border with serbia?
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what have they been saying? >> reporter: jane they are quite concerned. right now we're at the collection point where the refugees are taken before they are taken off to that detention facility. they are waiting to board a bus that will take them to that facility. they are quite worried. they don't know what is going to happen to them or when they will be able to leave hungary. we have heard from some refugees that have heard some have been there for 24 hours, and then have been allowed to leave after that. a lot of aid groups are concerned about the conditions in that facility, including specifically human rights watch now. earlier we spoke with refugees about to enter the camp as well as the rep for human rights watch who is here on the ground. here is our report. ♪ >> reporter: in an overcrowded
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refugee camp, the hungry are frantic for food. in this scene of chaos and confusion in hungary, the authorities distribute what they have by throwing it through the air. the lucky ones are able to catch their meal. the refugees on these buses behind us are waiting to be taken into this refugee camp. now we're trying to get in as well but the authorities aren't letting us or other journalists in. but everybody here are worried. >> translator: i'm trying to get to holland this man tells me. but i have heard that germany is the only country that will take refugees who have been processed and fingerprinted here. causing even more concern is how exactly they will be treated. rights groups say conditions inside the camp are appalling. >> hungarian government has neither the capacity, nor the political will to address the
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humanitarian needs of these people. >> reporter: he shows me videos of men and women fenced in, desperate to leave. he says they look more like prisoners than refugees. so these are thoroughly miserable conditions. >> absolutely. yeah, i mean people are just crowded in these pens like fan malls. >> reporter: he believes the hungarian government is attempting to send a message by deliberately mistreating refugees. >> they frankly want to make their lives as miserable as possible so word gets out to the many thousands still planning the journey to try to avoid hungry to the extent possible. >> reporter: hungary's interior ministry tells us these videos have been taken out of context and the media shouldn't jump to conclusions. here the influx continues even as the worth worsens. they use anything they can to
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remain dry. throughout hungary, their stories are only getting worse. refugees desperate and deprives who can't understand why they are unwelcome. >> i met a man at the station who escaped from a town held by isis, and he told me, he is sitting there in the station with his three children, it's better in syria, because in syria, if there's an explosion you die once. here i'm dying a thousand deaths of humiliation in front of my children. >> reporter: having fled their homes, separated from loved ones, the last thing they ever expected was to be stripped of their dignity. >> what is hungary's government been saying about the situation? >> reporter: jane, the government here, despite the mounting criticism from the international community and e.u. leaders, it remains definant that's from the prime minister all the way down to other
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officials. today we're hearing more about these laws that were passed last week. more has been revealed about the nature of the laws that have been enacted to try to stop the flow of refugees especially on this border. not only will military units most likely be deployed down here, but also in the laws there are passages that reveal it will be a felony to cross the border illegally, and they will not distinguish between ages, so it will make it much harder for any refugee to cross over into this country, they could be arrested for challenges possibly for damaging the fence that is now being constructed. and if they are caught and having been considered vandalizing the fence, they could go to jail for quite a long time, so a lot of worry from these refugees, and it
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goes to show that the hungarian government is doing all that it can to try to stop the flow of refugees into this country. the number of refugees and migrants who have crossed the med -- med train have crossed this year. 250,000 have arrived in greece. they take journeys north into other parts of europe. from greece they have gone into bulgaria, and 10,000 have travelled to macedonia, and 3,000 more are expected every day over the next few months. moving up to serbia, and more than a hundred thousand people have registered for asylum this year, some have gone on to
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hungary, 150,000, and 6.5 thousand people have crossed into austria in the last week alone. for many the final destination is germany. nearly 220,000 people are registered there by last month, and more are arriving every day. u.s. president barack obama says the united states will take in at least 10,000 syrian refugees next year. the white house says the number is a significant increase from the 1500 syrians it has let insofar, but the total number of refugees the u.s. takes in will not raise. it will be a slow process as each person has to be vetted before they are granted asylum. 300 more syrians are expected to be cleared by october. our correspondent patty culhane pressed the white house press secretary on the issue. >> patty?
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>> reporter: the state department set the goal of 5,000 to 8,000 refugees so is this actually just an increase of 2,000? and what does this mean for those fleeing iraq and afghanistan. >> my understanding is -- i guess i can't account for what they previously said about -- what they were hoping to do for next year. what we had identitied is an opportunity for us to scale up our response, and to talk about how the united states could accept more this year. and that's what they are working on. so that's what the state department will do. >> reporter: do you approve of the way the hungarian government is treating their refugees.
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>> i don't think i'm going to stand in judgment of the governments as they deal with what i think we all can acknowledge is a terribly difficult challenge, and, you know, we are hopeful that other countries will do what the united states and germany have done. >> joining me now from brussels is the general secretary of the international trade union confederation. good to have you with us. away from the politics there, talk about how this is impacting on the refugees from your experience? >> europe has to do more, the world has to do more, i have been in turkey several times now in the last two months. just last weekend in the peninsula, where the -- the compassion and the generosity of turkish people is extraordinary. it's inspirational. it makes me had for the hard
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hearted approach from the rest of the world. these are poor people, and they are opening their houses to these refugees. i have seen a nation with bigger hearts. they understand the value of life. they know that these people can't stay where they are in syria or they'll lose their lives. >> why do you think we're seeing it in places like that, and not in many of the wealthy countries? what is the problem? >> it makes no sense to me, and i don't think it's the people, frankly. i think it's politicians are fearful. and i don't think they need to be. if you have the crisis in refugees since world war ii, if you look at countries like turkey with 2 million refugees, then it's the policy settings we need. we need to make sure they have the right to work, that they don't undercut labor markets, and they have secure jobs.
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they can help build economies. but first of all, we need to see the dublin agreement suspended, and see european countries, whereby the way, only 20% of the world's people desperate for safe haven are in developed economies, 80% are in developing economies. so at least our countries have to do more. germany is standing out. they are talking about a million. they have put in place systems for safe haven and integration. america is talking 10,000, the u.k. 5,000, my own country 12,000, and then some discrimination around religion, it's not good enough. >> but why are they allowed to get away with it? who is the policeman who can put the pressure on them? >> well, i think governments are frightens and building walls having military on the borders,
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what does that say about us as human beings, and the value we put on the lives of other human beings. this is a crisis, and most of our people want three things. they want to help places like syria, they want their own countries to do more, and they want migrants to have the right to work. these are simple remedies, we must share what we have if we value human life. >> lovely talking to you. thank you. russia says it will continue to provide weapons and aid to syria to help it fight the islamic state of iraq and the levant. the foreign minister's comments come a day after he confirmed that moscow was providing support for the assad regime. peter sharp has more. >> reporter: the foreign minister is making really this case for -- for giving these arms shipment to syria solely to
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fight the threat from isil. his spokesman said the threat is evidence, the only force capable of stopping that threat on the ground is -- is syria. he is saying that air strikes alone won't be enough, and this is why this hardware is going in that direction. but it does really beg the question how is russia going to ensure that those weapons really, heavy weapons are being used against isil and not being used in this four and a half year civil war that has costed the lives of 200,000 people. that's really the question at the moment. lavrov is also saying that the pentagon has suspended its cooperation -- operational cooperation with russia at the moment, and the kremlin and the foreign ministry especially are asking that that be renewed, because at the moment there are u.s. and russian forces
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operating in, around, and above syria. coming up on this news hour, flood waters recede in japan, exposing the damage and devastation to people's homes and livelihoods. indian students show off an intention to make sure sign language is not lost in translation. >> serena williams! >> reporter: and after being held up by rain on thursday, can serena williams book he win in the u.s. open? the latest coming up in sport. ♪ a yemeni tv station has been destroyed in air strikes launched by the saudi-lead military coalition. the building was used by rebels as a weapon's store. there have also been rocket attacks in the city of ma'rib, where at least 20 people have been killed. hashem ahelbarra reports.
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>> reporter: military jets strike houthi positions in yemen's capitol sana'a. coalition force lead by saudi arabia say they are targeting ammunition depots on the outskirts of the city. the fighting has escalated across the country. in the central city of ta'izz, forcing loyal to exiled president hadi hold their ground. despite a surprise attack by houthi fighters to retake areas that recently lost. houthis backed by troops loyal to deposed president saleh, insist they still have the upper hand. >> you cannot talk yemen crisis by war, and that has been proved over the last six months where no side has been effective. obviously the only side that has lost have been the people, the 25 million people who are now
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suffering and undergoing a fierce humanitarian crisis. >> reporter: these are coalition reinforcements on their way to the province of ma'rib. that's where most of yemen's oil and gas facilities are located. a coalition build up is planning an offensive to retake control of sana'a. the capitol was captured by the houthis a year ago. who later spread their military and political influence. the u.n. is planning to hold talks between all sides, but it's not clear whether yemen's main rivals are willing to put an end to the conflict that has killed thousands of people and destroyed much of the country. hashem ahelbarra, al jazeera. there has been an explosion in a camp in nigeria for
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internally displaced people, at least four have been killed in the blast, which happened on the outskirts of the northeastern city. security forces in turkey have blocked a delegation of politicians marching towards a kurdish city. the city is under a military-imposed curfew. at least 30 people have been killed there since a military operation began last week. japan's prime minister has held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss severe flooding in the country's east. at least 3 have been killed and more than a hundred thousand have been forced to leave their homes. en >> reporter: japan's 18th typhoon of the year continued its destructive path. it dumped an unprecedented amount of rain. >> translator: it was awful. but i'm happy i have been rescued. >> reporter: the self-defense force and coast guard lead the
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rescue and recovery effort from the air, as two rivers burst their banks. further south it was the so-called river of an angry demon that unleashed it fury. >> translator: we were preparing to evacuate when the firefighters rushed to tell us that the river bank had collapsed. so we got into our cars to escape the flood, but by that time, the water was up to our knees. >> translator: it's worse than i had expected. the buildings near the river are completely destroyed by the power of the water current. i have been to many disaster sites, but once again i was reminded of the energy of water disasters. >> reporter: evacuation centers have been set up. those with no homes to go to are being given sherlt and food. >> we decided to help out victims of the flood as they go through this tough time. >> reporter: this was some of
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the worst flooding japan has seen in more than 60 years, but for now the situation seems to be improving. the good news in this area is the water is receding quickly and the weather has cleared. but clearly it will be some time before many people will be able to return home. votes have been counted in singapore after a tightly contested general election. the ruling people's action party has been in power for the past 50 years, but a widening wealth gap and demand for change has lead to opposition gains in recent years. the opposition parties have candidates in all regions and are expected to win some seats. >> reporter: people were already lining up when the polling stations opened. voting here is call pulsery, but the wider choice of candidates has added a new dimension.
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casting his vote, the prime minister, the son of the founding phat -- father of singapore. >> of course we like people to listen and absorb more always, but i think we have got our messages across. >> reporter: he has presented his people's action party as the obvious choice to manage the economy and provide strong leadership. subtle references were made to the political instability taking place in neighboring malaysia, while the haze that has hung over singapore for much of the election period has been a reminder of the forest burning going unchecked in nearby indonesia. the ruling party has played on the need for unity at a time of regional uncertainty, often portraying this republic at the tiny red dot at the heart of southeast asia. combine that with the worsening economic environment, it makes a strong argument for staying what you know. >> whether the government is
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doing their job or not. >> reporter: are people generally happy or not? >> well, i am. so i'm hoping the rest of singapore is. >> there is a lot of talk in terms of people wanting to have a choice, but when things are really good, i don't know that a choice is actually requires, sometimes. >> reporter: but this campaign has seen a maturing of singapore's opposition parties in a tightly controlled city state not used to dissenting voices. spurred on by a largely younger generation wanting more choice, opposition rallies have been well attended. >> in the past this pervasive culture of fear has really kept people from going even to listen to what the opposition has to say. so i think that's the key difference, that in some ways really overshadows the actual results themselves. >> reporter: whether they make the gains they had been hoping for, this election represents a
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work in progress for those with opposing views. the british labor party is unable to unveil a new leaders, and it could be a member of the left wing. jeremy is a man to sweep away austerity. lawrence lee reports. >> reporter: to for a man who himself a thought he had no chance of winning, his rise has been the most startling political story. his core messages make corporations pay more tax, renationalize services which have been sold off, reshape the economy to help the poor, have the parties grass root supporters in raptures. >> it's a whole bunch of people who know nothing about our lives at all. these are millionaires how are they supposed to understand a mother that is going without
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food so she can feed her own children? >> reporter: the architects of the modern labor party despair at all of this. what all of this represents is the most extraordinary revolt against the labor party. these people and it appears the majority of the labor party, see this as a way your. so his rise is full of contradictions and demonstrates the huge problems facing the labor party. corbin's rocketing support inside of the party is by no means shared by many mp's, many have said they will not work with him, if he becomes a new leader. >> there will be interesting
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progress, but we can make a lot of progress. we want to oppose what it is doing on health care, trade unions, and the cuts its making in the budget. >> reporter: this rally was in [ inaudible ] which was a crucial marginal constituency. all of the usual signs here in middle england in economic decay, the sorts of plays that labor should have won, but failed to, but for the majority a reflection of how limited interest in politics is these days. do you know jeremy corbin? >> no, don't do politics. >> reporter: so if he wins, corbin faces the most enormous challenges, trying to keep the party together in westminster, persuading a vote in public that
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things can be different, and taking on a media that is quite hostile to him. it could also be the end of the labor party. the british prime minister david cameron says he is extremely worried about the political crisis in northern ireland. the coalition government is on the brink of collapse after the head has stepped down. it leaves a power sharing agreement between the [ inaudible ] and [ inaudible ] hanging by a thread. talks are expected to resume on monday. still ahead on the program, the british parliament weighs in on the controversial debate on the right to die. homeless and out of pocket, dozens of families in zimbabwe found out their land deeds were too good to be true.
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hello again the top stories on al jazeera, the united nations high commissioner for refugees has told al jazeera the growing refugee crisis is not just a problem for europe. the comments come as scenes of panic unfolded at an austrian train station. russia says it will continue to send weapons and aid to syria. the foreign minister's comments come a day after moscow confirmed that it was providing military support for the assad regime. votes are being counted in singapore after a tightly contested election. the ruling party has been in power for 50 years. for the first time opposition candidates are running in all constituen constituencies. e.u. leaders could be called to a special summit meeting if their foreign ministers cannot
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agree on a solution. politicians have been meeting in pauing. hungary's foreign minister says there could be up to half a million refugees within its borders by the end of the cheer. the czech republic, hungary, poland, and slovakia have blocked a plan to allocate refugees to all e.u. union states. >> i think it is clear that what we have now is chaotic situation, a system that doesn't work and needs to be replaced by a system that works. and what we need and we have been saying it for a long time, and we hope the next european council that will be meeting on monday will take important steps on that direction, what we need is for the countries of reception and namely greece and italy, but also now hungary, to
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have an adequate reception center but support it by the european union, and in some circumstances the european union can assume control in which all parties should be together, making sure that people that come have a place to rest, have shelter, have food, have medical assistance, can be screened, and then those found to need protection, and the overwhelming majority of those coming into greece are syrians -- those found in need of protection, they should be relocated orderly by plane in normal conditions to all european countries with a fair share for all european countries to be part of this effort of solidarity with the syrian people and other refugees that are coming into europe. the present situation is absurd. supporters of a prominent
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opposition venezuela leader are calling for peaceful protests against his jailing. he was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison after being found guilty of inciting violent rallies that lead to deaths last year. his lawyers and supporters say it's a miscarriage of justice. a member of the national committee from his party joins me on the line from caracas. what is your response to this? >> yeah, thank you for the opportunity. yes, yesterday he was convicted of 13 years to prison. in our view, this is unjust and unfair decision. and it has nothing to do with the law that rules our country. this is only a political decision, and it was a another episode of what we have named a dictatorship in our country.
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>> he shouldn't take any responsibility for the violence? >> who [ inaudible ]? >> lopez. >> reporter: no, no. what happened last year was that the government was the first one who started violence. they actually have admitted that it was the police that they command that fired the weapon and killed people. it was from that moment on that people reacted and starting protesting on the streets. that was the first episode of the protests that happened here last year, and the government -- they are trying to say that it was [ inaudible ] himself using tweeter and other social media that actually called the people to the streets that started the violence. we are actually convinced that it has nothing to do with what really happened, and this is only proof that there is no separation of powers in our country. and the [ inaudible ] is controlled by the [ inaudible ] power commanded by our
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president. >> what options are open to you now? what can you do for him if anything? >> well, in a few minutes we're going to give a press conference. we're going to read a letter that he wrote himself last night after he was sentenced, and in that letter the country and world will know what our next steps will be. what can i say, at this point that [ inaudible ] has always acted according to our constitution. we will not follow what the government wants us to do. the government is trying to provoke the people and the opposition, a country which 80% of the people here are against our actual government, and we're not going to let them provoke us. we're going to keep doing what we have been doing for the past year or so, which is traveling arrange the country, speaking to
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people, hearing them out, and in that sense, we're going to follow the next elections that we have at the end of this year. that is going to be our next step, and that's where we think we're going to be able to free him once we win those elections. >> thank you for telling us what your plans are. nearly half a million cat loanian protesters have gathered. the separatists coalition of parties is leading the polls ahead of the regional elections this month. the spanish government has promised to block any move to break away. a court in india has found 12 men guilty over the 2006 mumbai train bombings. they were convicted of murder and conspiracy, one of the 13 men accused has been acquitted. 189 people were killed when a series of bombs ripped through
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first class carriages nine years ago. the men face the death penalty or life in prison. faiz jamil has more just east of mumbai. >> reporter: the blasts were the worst to take place in mumbai at the time. seven bombs were placed inside pressure cookers and then put on several trains which went off over the course of 11 minutes, during rush hour. police initially blamed the attacks on a banned islamic student movement, but later shifted the blame on to several groups including one in neighboring pakistan that india blames for the 2008 attacks as well. from the blast to today's verdict as taken nine years, and one of the reasons is because of judicial delays. the prosecution examined 200 witnesses on the stand, while the defense examined about r50 people themselves. the supreme court got involved
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at one point after one of those accused challenged the arrest under anti-terrorist laws. police say 15 others are still at large, including whom they believe to the mastermind of the attacks. sentencing is expected to take place on monday and many of the surviving victims and their families say they want nothing short of the death penalty. the u.s. president barack obama has marked 14 years since the september 11th attacks. he lead a moment of silence at the whooitsz to remember the nearly 3,000 people that were killed. in 2001 hijacked planes crashed into the world trade centers twin towers in new york, the pentagon building, and a field in pennsylvania. in new york names of victims were read out at the world trade
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center. people also gathered at ground zero for the tolling of bells amid heavy security. ♪ >> and ash carter lead a memorial for the family and friends of the 184 people killed at the pentagon. britain's parliament has rejected a bill to change the right to die laws, echoing religious leaders in the u.k., the prime minister said he didn't want an expansion of euthanasia. nadine barber was following the debate. >> reporter: the protest was passionate on either side of the issue. the u.k. parliament debated legislation allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to a terminally pash -- patient who has requested it.
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>> those that have reached a voluntary decision to end their lives can now be confident that they will not be blocked, but they cannot have the assistance of professionals. they can have amateur assistance from nearest and dearest, but they can't have professional help. >> leslie is a firm believer in what she calls assisted dying. her brother was diagnosed with a disease, and two years later he travelled to a swiss clinic where he injected himself with lethal drugs provided by doctors. >> he couldn't speak, but you could tell from his grunting sounds he made that he needed something, but he can't want to get to the point where he couldn't even do that, where he couldn't tell you that his nose itched, that life would become just a timetable at somebody
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else's command. >> reporter: more than 300 have gone from britain to switzerland to end their lives with the help of doctors there. supporters say this means people in dispress wouldn't have to travel abroad. this member of a group care not killing has this member who is also a doctor. >> i don't want that second argument to be taken away. and people say but you are a doctor, you are allowed to do this. because colleagues could be pressurized into doing something they don't want to do, but feel they ought to. >> reporter: these campaigners say they will carry on pushing for what they call dignified dying. the palestinian flag will fly at the u.n. headquarters in
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new york. the u.s. and israel were among eight countries that voted against it. the palestinians would like the president to raise their flag after he addresses the annual gathering of world leaders at the end of the month. thousands of people in zimbabwe appear to be falling victims to land scams. >> reporter: these families thought buying land in some bob way at below the market price was a sure thing, but the land their built their homes on was sold to them by swindlers. now the rightful owner and officials want them to pack up and leave. confused and angry, many say they have nowhere to go. >> i wonder where these demons are coming from? because how can he let some of his brothers and sisters, you
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know, [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: some of those who refuse to leave had their homes demolished by the city council. a bulldozer destroyed this house in minutes. thousands of dollars gone. the hard work of an entire family now in ruins. it's estimated thousands of poor people across the country have been scammed. government officials admit the sale of stolen land is big business. >> that's why the police is in the process of arresting those people or [ inaudible ] themselves [ inaudible ] the unsuspecting residents of thousands of dollars, and encouraging people to build on land [ inaudible ] for schools and so forth. >> reporter: but it's no consolation for those who have lost all of their money. >> it is very painful, and i wonder how they expect us to
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survive. >> reporter: in some areas, families don't get evicted. they are told to pay the market value of the land. some say they can't afford it. >> translator: they want $50 a square meter, so if you have 200, where do we get that money? >> reporter: life here is difficult, especially for the poor. companies are shutting down because the economy is struggling. workers are being laid off. prices of basic commodities keep going up. for most owning their own home means a little bit of security in these tough economic times. now some families don't even have that. still ahead on the program, a week ago he was all set to sign for real madrid, but now he has made a massive u-turn.
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♪ hello again, two engineering graduates in india have invented a device to improve communication for speech and hearing impaired people. the troe toe type interprets sign language and translates it into words. >> reporter: the aim of the project was just to graduate. their idea was to create a prototype that would eventually allow everyone to understand sign language. they explain the glove is equipped with sen source which detects finger movement, while a meter measures hand motions. the signals are then transmitted
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to the control section, which vocalizes, and displays the translation in text. this is a robotics expert and has been looking into the viability of the invention. he says there is a lot of scope. >> i haven't seen such a device which has this capability like other applications. if they are properly guided and min -- mentored i think it will be cost effectively be delivered to the general public. the creators say it can be developed to read all sign language, but many are questioning how much more useful this can be for communication than texting or writing. to find out we take the device to a school for the speech and hearing impaired. can you ask him what we thought of the device when he used it?
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>> translator: he says that it would be a good thing to have, although there are only a few phrases right now. if there were more it would be like speaking like everybody else. >> reporter: much research is being done across the world on bridging the gap in communications for the hearing and speech impaired. similar ideas are being developed but there isn't everything effective or affordable yet. the invenntors say they were aware they were venturing into new territory when they started the project, but they are surprised at the response they received. >> i think people want [ inaudible ] coming forward. after this project we did -- after this project then many companies approach us [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: if developed to its full potential, many say it won't just be a break lou in
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technology, but also one for society. let's get the sport now. >> one place to start, flushing meadows and the u.s. open. a very busy friday in new york with the women and men's semifinals being played. rain meant the women's match would be moved to friday. the first match just started. just winning the first set 6-1. later serena williams playings. she just needs to win two more matches to complete the calendar grand slam. as i said friday is also men's semifinal's seed. roger federer will continue his bid to win a title.
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facing him is the 30 year old, and the current french open champion, but trails 16-3 in the head-to-head, although he did win the most recent contest at the french open. the rivalry goes back a long way, but since he opponent has started winning big titles their friendship has been tested a little bit. he found success early winning gold in beijing. when federer won his last grand slam title three years ago he had beaten him 10 times and lost just once. but then in january 2014 he won his first grand slam title, the australian open, and the friendship started to become more of a rivaly. and last november federer wife shouted at his opponent. and the last meeting [ inaudible ] knocking out his
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old friend in the quarter finals. now 12 days ago he was all set to sign for real madrid, but the spanish international goal deep -- keeper has now signed a deal with manchester united. he could have left the club next year for free. [ inaudible ] has yet to appear for the english club this season, but he [ inaudible ] in liverpool on saturday. >> despite all of the media was writing that he was going to real madrid, no, i didn't want to sell him. he is here. but when real madrid has paid the price, what we want and put the papers in the right order and on time, he was sold, because i believe also that
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players have to want to play for a club. the ongoing dispute between the matildas and the football federation has taken another twist. the ffa have rejected a proposal to introduce a paid maternity policy. it basically means that pregnant players could risk having their contracts canceled. they also have refused to pay for pair rental expenses, meaning parents would have to pay for their children to travel if they want to join them on tour. floyd mayweather has denied doping before his manny pacqu o pacquiao. it's all overshadowing the build up to his latest bout.
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it's a fight that mayweather has hinted could be his last. insisting he has done nothing wrong, saying he has the full support of the u.s. anti-doping agency. mayweather said as already confirmed by the statement: nfl's super bowl champions the new england patriots have beat the steelers in the season open earn. tom brady through for four touchdowns. he recently had a four game ban for the defating of match balls overturned just week. this driver won three stages to move into the top spot on friday. he is currently second.
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[ inaudible ] who is also driving a volkswagon is third in this race. there he is. the battle for the [ inaudible ] title between [ inaudible ] will resume when the grand prix gets underway on saturday. on thursday they swapped their bikes for cars for a rather more friendly affair. lorenzo looking to deny his opponent on what is his home track. >> usually your bike is very strong. last year for me was a very important race and victory, because i come back in first place after a long, long time, no? also more my rivals are very
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strong. >> [ inaudible ] that's your sport. [ laughter ] a film shot in vanuatu is giving audiences a rare incite into one of the south pacific's last traditional tribes. it's a love story told from a remote village. some of the cast left their island for the first time to travel to the premier. >> reporter: until two years ago these people had never seen a film. now they are the stars of one. in a production they helped cowrite, a story of love and tragedy, based on their experience, which echos the tail of romeo and juliette. last month they had no passports, no birth certificates but they made it to venice to see themselves on the big screen. >> tall buildings and cars everywhere, and crowds of
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people. it's very, very strange. everything looks to strange. compared to our culture where we live with nature. >> reporter: the scenery is seductive, and lush. the filmmakers warned that tourists might flood in, but they said they want the world to understood their culture. here at one of the most expensive hotels this venice, the cast of the film tell us their community in south pacific is the happiest on earth. >> in our culture there are no homeless, there are no poor people, everyone is equal, money is very rare. we have overcome traps of money. we have overcome the laws of government, because we want to maintain the reputation of the
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happiness. >> reporter: the directors and their children lived with the tribe for even months learning about their way of life. >> and they don't live with the full on culture, because they have to, because they are too remote. it's a choice. they live only about an hour's drive from the town where there are shops and people live on money and all of the rest of it. and they choose not to have anything to do with that. >> reporter: proud to show off their customs on the red carpet and on screen, it's proof that no matter how foreign stories of love and loss are universal. >> now that i would definitely like to see. what you are going to see next is david foster. he is going to be taking over for me from london for the next bull contain. you can always check on our
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website, thanks very much for watching. inspiring stories. >> we given' a family a chance because some of the houses are being rebuilt. >> if the city is down, i'd like to help it get better.
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